Antony Gormley - Another Time XVI (2/5)
About the statue:
Another Time is a series of one hundred sculptures identical to the hundred sculptures of Another Place (2007). They are mutually dependent works: one is permanently sited on Crosby Beach on the Mersey estuary in Liverpool, UK; the other, through a process of dispersion, will be found all over the world. Each work in Another Place faces out to the horizon twelve degrees south of west, while with Another Time each work finds its own orientation.
The body forms are taken from seventeen distinct moulding times between 19th May and 10th July, 1995.
The works acknowledge their industrial method of production. Each of the seventeen individual moments has been cast five to six times and shows the manner of its making, with traces of cling film through to the ingates of the molten metal clearly visible on the rusting surface. The works are corpographs: indexical body impressions that freeze time.
The history of western sculpture has been concerned with movement. I wish to celebrate the still and silent nature of sculpture. The work is designed to be placed within the flow of lived time. Recently, the works have been placed high on buildings against the sky, standing outside the shelter and protection of architecture.
The work is made from iron, a concentrated earth material found at the core of this planet, each sculpture massive: a solid body.
The work asks where the human being sits within the scheme of things. Each work is necessarily isolated, and is an attempt to bear witness to what it is like to be alive and alone in space-time.
Artist’s statement, May 2008
The statue is a stylised solid cast iron human figure, about 1.91 metres tall. It weighs 630 kilos.
Donated by an anonymous art connoisseur.
This Work of Art can only be perceived at low tide!
About the Artist:
Antony Gormley (b. 1950, Hampstead) is a British sculptor. He read archaeology, anthropology and the history of art at Trinity College, Cambridge, from 1968 to 1971 after which he travelled to India and Sri Lanka to learn more about Buddhism. Three years later, in 1974, Gormley returned to London attending the Central School of Art (today’s Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design) and Goldsmiths College and completing his studies with a postgraduate course in sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art, between 1977 and 1979.
His best-known works include Angel of the North, a gigantic public sculpture and landmark in Gateshead, for which he received the commission in 1995 and which was erected in 1998 and Another Time and Another Place (1997), consisting of several figures, among others on Crosby Beach near Liverpool.
Gormley was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994, the South Bank Prize for Visual Art in 1999 and the Bernhard Heiliger Award for Sculpture in 2007.
In 1997 he made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE).